High school students are under a lot of pressure. There's academic stress, extracurricular activities, homework, social life with friends and family life. All of these are happening while schools are holding their students to higher standards than in the past. Students tend to have to give something up and it’s usually their free time and sleep. Research is beginning to show that students need a break in their high school schedule. They need time at least once a day to clear their heads and to get some fresh air before tackling their other commitments. Recess in the high school schedule is somewhat unheard of, though.